WordPress Photo Challenge: Pattern

As Sarah Rosso says,Patterns are everywhere. Patterns are sometimes intentional and sometimes accidental. They can be decorative or merely a result of repetition, and often patterns can be in the eye of the beholder to discover them.”

When I visited Bignor in the centre of the South Downs National Park in England, I was fascinated by the stunning remains of a third century Roman farm and villa. The intricate patterns of the mosaic floors were really pretty.


It’s mind-boggling to imagine all the work that went into creating these beautiful floors. One of the corridors in this sixty-five roomed home, was 79 feet (24 metres) long.


At our holiday resort in Phuket, we were most impressed with the skill and patience this young woman exhibited whilst creating exquisite patterns out of watermelons.


Also in Thailand is some exquisite pattern work at one of the doorways to the ‘Wat Phra Kaew ‘complex, better known to tourists as the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’.


The Mezquita Mosque/Cathedral in Cordoba, dating back to the 10th century has beautifully patterned horseshoe-shaped arches with 856 columns of  jasper, onyx, marble and granite. These were crafted from pieces of the Roman temple which had occupied the site previously, as well as other destroyed Roman buildings,


This beautiful memorial at Kuta in Bali was built on the site of the destroyed Paddy’s Pub to commemorate the first Bali bombing in 2002, when 202 people were killed. The memorial is made of intricately carved stone, set with a large marble plaque, bearing the names and nationalities of each of those killed.


The Balinese are skilled craftsmen and the wood carvings for sale were really amazing. Our guide explained to us that the rooster inside the cage was actually carved through the holes. Wow! No wonder it had a hefty price tag.


Now for something completely different. In downtown Lima, Peru, is the17th century San Fransisco church, which once had a normal graveyard for its members. When space became a problem, the skulls and bones were removed from the graves and thrown into a deep pit.  This pit, over time, became the last resting place for most of Lima’s dead, and today the remains of some 25,000 to 70,000 people are stored at the catacombs. Until 1808, the bones were just heaped up in there, but in 1943, when the place was opened up for archeological excavation, it was decided that the Catacombs would have more ‘appeal’ if the human bones were arranged artistically. They placed some of  the skulls together in a centre pile, with same length arm bones radiating outward, and matching leg bones extending beyond the arms, and then more rings of skulls; a rather grisly sort of pattern, don’t you think?


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86 comments on “WordPress Photo Challenge: Pattern

  1. Wow, I love the photo of the horseshoe-shaped arches, beautiful. And then the last one, the skulls and bones. So many lives resting close together.
    You have chosen a nice pattern in your photos!

  2. Another amazing collection. If you insist, I think I’d pick the Bali bombing memorial as a favorite, but I might have done without that last one…. 😀

  3. An explosion of awesome designs and pattern. The human skulls got my all curious. Somehow it is telling me it has a moving, haunting story of its own. Thousands of voices from the past just waiting to be heard.

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  5. Stunning selection for the entry AD and the last one is grisly indeed but it does make a lovely pattern. Thanks for sharing hon. 🙂 *hugs*

    • Thanks, Miss P. Yes the fruit carving is incredible, and she didn’t even look to be in a mess at all. I would have been covered in juice up to my elbows. 🙂

  6. What an amazing group of patterns, Sylvia. I love the watermelon carvings, the Roman mosaics, and the Buddhist temple in Bangkok the best! It’s nice they did arrange the human bones artistically; I guess it’s better than having them thrown in haphazardly.

  7. All the photos are wonderful choices Sylvia but I must admit that the Catacombs in Lima I found to be fascinating.

  8. Given the number of images you have from throughout the world … plus the broad nature of the term, you had quite a challenge …. and you did great!

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